CONJOINT 401, 402, 403



Let us wish you the best for your studies in Conjoint 401 and in your other courses. We hope that you will enjoy this course, as well as learn some anatomy and physiology. If you have any problems with the course work, please come and see one of us right away: we can often help you find a solution.

Course Schedule

The course schedule, which has the times of the exams and other similar information, the course syllabus, and the lab manual are all included in a packet you receive at the time you pay your lab fee of $20 in T-487.


Lectures and Laboratory. There are three lectures and one lab per week plus independent lab study time.

Optional sessions.

Lecture Outlines. For the lectures, a lecture outline in electronic form covering each topic will be available via the website a day or two before we begin on that topic. You will definitely want to have this in front of you during lectures. The lecture outline contains an outline, figures useful during the lecture and other material that will be described in class. The lecture outlines are in the form a of Word document, in order to give you maximum flexibility in modifying the document. You can either print out the document or use it in electronic form during the lecture. The figures are mainly in color, although printing it out in black and white should be just fine.

Tests. There will be two mid-term lecture examinations (100 pts. each), which will be given during the lecture period. Shortly before each exam, you will receive further details about exactly what will be covered. Each year the course is different. The final lecture examination (150 pts.) covers the lectures since the second midterm and certain review topics from the first two midterms. You will receive a review sheet for the final near the end of the quarter. In addition to the lecture exams, there will be two laboratory practicals (50 pts. each). All lecture exams contain some fill-in questions, some questions requiring a mark-sense form, and two or three short answer questions. Be sure to bring a mark-sense form to each lecture exam.

Testing Procedures.

Grading. The exams will be weighted as follows:

Each student's final grade in the course will be based on the percentage of the total points received. The grades corresponding to each percentage are posted on our office door. The course is not graded on a curve. To receive credit for the course, the average score on the two laboratory practicals must be above the passing level (60%) and the average score on the three lecture exams must be above the passing level (60%).

Test Attendance. Every student is expected to attend all lecture exams and lab practicals on the day and at the time assigned. If you are too ill to come in, or there is some other compelling reason which makes it impossible for you to be present, you must inform us BEFORE the test takes place. Our telephone number is 543-7362. Under such circumstances, a make-up test will be arranged, provided it is done in a timely fashion. (Make-up tests consist of questions more or less similar to those on the second page of the regular exams.) If you miss a test and do not inform us, you will receive a grade of zero on that test.

Care with Test Papers. During tests, it is your responsibility to keep your answers from the direct gaze of others. This disturbs the test environment because it places others in an awkward position. Consider it ethically the same as wandering eyes. This point is being made primarily because during lab practicals you occasionally will be in close quarters looking at materials. It is never acceptable, for example, to place your clip board on a table. However innocent the intent of all parties, it is simply too easy for others to catch a glimpse of your answers.

Disabilities. For disabilities requiring accommodation, first contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543-8974 (V/TDD). They will examine the situation and give you a letter which you can present to us so we can discuss the accommodations you require.

Laboratory Experiments. Sometimes student volunteers are used for subjects in the laboratory. Participation of this type is completely voluntary, and you never should feel you have to serve as a subject. Many of the experiments are linked to diagnostic tests, and the results will probably be revealed to you lab partner and in some cases to the whole class. The invasive experiments include a couple in which a finger prick is used to draw a blood sample and a couple in which the subject exercises strenuously. Only completely healthy subjects should volunteer. In the exercise tests, only subjects should volunteer who would not hesitate on their own to exercise maximally in a sport, workout or outdoor activity.

Snow. All classes, exams and practicals will take place if the University is open. The University rarely closes due to weather. The UW Information Hotline is 206 897-INFO (1-866-897-INFO). Also, if any change is made for classes, exams or practicals, a notice will be placed on the course website immediately.

Posting Class Materials; Photography. You may not post any class materials or photographs of class materials on a website without written permission. Photography of cadavers is not permitted.

Laboratory Safety. Of course, all instructions on safety must be followed explicitly. Three of the most important general safety instructions are:

Care of Laboratory Materials. Do not use pencils or pens as pointers with the bones or with models. Even one small speck added each day eventually would substantially degrade the bone or model. Moreover, many materials are expensive or irreplaceable.

Ups and Downs. It is the intent of both instructors to make the tests predictable and uniform. Nonetheless, you will notice that the medians vary somewhat. This is largely because some topics are easier for students to master. But there is also some inevitable, unintended variability in constructing tests. Thus, be cautious not to become complacent after an easier test or depressed following an unusually difficult one. Keep an even keel, because in the end these variabilities average out.


Textbooks. The textbooks will be used for all three quarters of the sequence (Conjoint 401,402,403). Attend the first class before buying an anatomy atlas.

Other Requirements.


This sequence is required for the Pharmacy Doctorate degree, with these students comprising about 90% of the enrollment. The remainder of the students include people from numerous categories, including premedical students, predental students, fifth year students contemplating graduate school, and current graduate students in various fields within the School of Medicine.

The lectures concentrate on human organ-system physiology, with the content influenced by the fact that the pharmacy students are taking biochemistry concurrently. Examples from pathophysiology are included in the lectures. Most of the anatomy and histology is covered in the laboratory. The histology is taught with microscopes, while gross anatomy is studied from cadavers and a few models. Physiology experiments often use computers to collect and analyze the data.

Lectures meet for one hour, three times per week for all three terms.
Laboratory sessions meet for two hours, once a week for all three terms

The university catalogue lists this sequence as:

CONJOINT 401, 402-403 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4-4-4) Linder, Melby
An integrated course on the structure and function of the human body with laboratory work in gross anatomy, histology and physiology. Primarily for Pharmacy Doctorate students. Others by special permission of instructors. 401 - Prerequisites: BIOL 180; BIOL 200; BIOL 220; CHEM 162. 402-Prerequisite: CONJ 401. 403-Prerequisite: CONJ 402. Offered: A, W, Sp.